Actor Dustin Diamond, best known for playing Samuel 'Screech' Powers in hit US children's TV show Saved By The Bell, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to his representatives. His official Facebook page confirmed the news in a statement Thursday, asking fans to "respect Dustin's privacy during this difficult time." The 44-year-old's representative Roger Paul also confirmed the diagnosis to USA Today and said Diamond was undergoing treatment at a Florida hospital for stage 4 cancer.
"We are still doing more tests," Paul said on Thursday. "Once we know, we will have an idea of how to approach it. Right now it is a very serious situation. I'm asking everyone for thoughts and prayers." The 43-year-old actor, who found fame by playing the adorable nerd Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers on the popular 1990s show, was recently hospitalised after he complained of pain all over his body. Another representative of the actor told Entertainment Weekly that Diamond’s cancer is in Stage Four and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy. “He’s undergoing chemo so he will be there at least another week and then we will figure out when he gets to come home. “By next week, we’ll have a much better understanding of the severity of his condition and what treatments he will need so that he’s comfortable,” he added